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Genesis Brown with his picture of Sonic the Hedgehog

Nine-year-old Genesis Brown will be sharing some of his art with The Hive, an arts charity located in Shrewsbury town center.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of two years and nine months, Genesis first expressed himself artistically by singing airs from television commercials before becoming a pianist at the age of three. At the age of five and a half, he began to draw nature scenes, especially flowers found on fruit trees. This would lead to drawings and paintings by Spongebob SquarePants, of which he has created over 100 to date.

This year, Genesis worked on his first self-portrait, and art is an important way for him to express himself. He said: “Painting is emotional – happy or sad – drawing all these faces is fine with me.”

Genesis has already racked up a number of creative accomplishments, including his first professional performance at the Harrow Arts Center.

Project Administrator for The Hive, Tom Hayes said: “We are extremely proud to give young artists like Genesis a platform to share their creativity. His art shows a love and enthusiasm for painting and provides an important example that art is for everyone. Every age and every ability. The Hive is excited to be a part of Genesis’ creative journey and we can’t see what it will create next.

The Hive gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The art of Genesis will be on display until August 30. To follow him on Instagram, search for Geneisbrownmusic. For a full list of future art exhibitions at The Hive, please visit hiveonline.org.uk or call 01743 234970.

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